Categories for general real estate questions

Is the Psychology of Change Holding You Back?

Why is making a big change in life often so difficult? According to psychologists, maintaining the “status quo” is one of the most powerful motivations we have. If things are “okay”, even making a change for the better can be difficult. Our brains resist. You may have experienced this if ...

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Is it Time to Re-Shingle Your Roof?

  No matter what you think of snakes, you must agree that they have a unique way of dealing with worn-out skin. When the time comes, they simply shed it — like an old jacket — revealing a fresh new skin underneath. Your home’s roof doesn’t have that advantage! So, ...

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What if your Ideal Home Isn’t Available?

Imagine you’re looking for a new home. You have a list of all the features you want, just like you would have a grocery shopping list. However, when you explore the homes currently on the market, none meets all your criteria. What do you do? You have a few good ...

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6 Affordable Ways to Boost your Home’s Curb Appeal

When buyers come to see your home, the first thing they notice is how your property looks from the curb. That first impression is powerful and lingering. If buyers don’t like what they see, it can influence how they judge the rest of your property, regardless of how great it ...

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What to Fix Up in your Home before You Sell

If you have a home that is overdue for a renovation, you might be worried that it will be difficult to sell as a “fixer-upper”. In fact, you might delay listing your property for that reason. The good news is, you don’t need to fix up everything in your home ...

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4 Steps to a Stress-Free Sale

Ideally, when you sell your home, you want the process to go smoothly and relatively stress-free. While things may happen that are outside your control, there is a lot you can do to ensure that the selling experience is a good one. Consider these four steps to reduce worry and ...

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One Hour Ideas for Boosting Curb Appeal

You’ve heard of the term “curb appeal”. It refers to the initial impression buyers get when they first see your property from the street. If the impression is a good one, it sets the right tone for the rest of the home viewing. How do you boost curb appeal? Here ...

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Cutting Renovation Costs without Cutting Quality

As you probably know, it’s easy to lower the costs of a renovation. Just hire an inexpensive, fly-by-night contractor — and hope for the best! Chances are, you won’t want to take that risk. So how do you ensure you get quality work while keeping your budget in check? Here ...

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Finding a Great Home in a Hurry

Do you have only a few weeks to search for your next dream home? Don’t panic. There are things you can do to find the perfect (or, at least, almost perfect) property — without getting too stressed out! Consider these tips: Pre-arrange your mortgage. You want to be able to ...

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Stay or Move? 5 Questions that Help you Decide

It can be tough to make the decision to sell. In fact, for many homeowners, it’s overwhelming. If you’re considering making a move and struggling with the decision, here are five helpful questions to ask yourselves: 1. “What are our practical reasons for selling?” This question refers to what you’ll ...

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